Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge, PC operating system; 300bps was a fast Internet connection; WordStar was the state of the art word processor; and we liked it.His work has been published in everything from highly technical publications (IEEE Computer, ACM NetWorker, Byte) to business publications (eWEEK, InformationWeek, ZDNet) to popular technology (Computer Shopper, PC Magazine, PC World) to the mainstream press (Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, BusinessWeek).

Paula Rooney

Paula Rooney has covered the software and technology industry for more than 20 years, starting with semiconductor design and mini-computer systems at EDN News and later focused on PC software companies including Microsoft, Lotus, Oracle, Red Hat, Novell and other open source and commercial software companies for CRN and PCWeek. She received a silver award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2005 for her profile on Linus Torvalds and edited and co-authored "Partnering With Microsoft," a book about Microsoft's channel published by CMP Publishing in 2004. Rooney graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997. In her off time, she enjoys scuba diving, sailing, sun worshipping, running, reading, surfing (the net) and hanging out with her family. She resides on the shores of Scituate, Massachusetts.

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Live Linux or die

Live Linux or die

Robin (Roblimo) Miller's latest book is Point and Click Linux, which he is selling with his usual flair and understatement."Learn about Linux or get left behind," is the way he put it to Enterprise Linux News recently.

January 4, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Better errors in 2005

Better errors in 2005

Preston Gralla has an interesting list of five things Microsoft won't do in 2005, but should. Worth a read, but one of the "should" items for Microsoft is also true of a great deal of open source software as well.

January 4, 2005 by in Microsoft

Learning From IBM

Learning From IBM

IBM has made more of a commitment to open source, in terms of money and people, than any other company.It also has more to show for its investment than anyone else.

January 4, 2005 by in IBM

Blogging and open source

Blogging and open source

In case anyone needed the obvious pointed out, a report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project has confirmed that blogs have "established themselves as a key part of online culture." Of course, being a key part of online culture doesn't necessarily mean that it's a key part of everyday culture.

January 3, 2005 by in Open Source

Open Sesame

Open Sesame

Our recent note on the War Against Open Source brought some great posts (this art available from the Gypsy Hollow Gallery), including this from reader George Mitchell:If the war against open source continues, eventually the question of what exactly is contained in closed source code bases will surface. And that would leave a host of software vendors with infringing code.

January 2, 2005 by in Open Source

Honeypot

Honeypot

Take wireless LANs off the Internet. Put a gateway in front of them, a hardware Linux firewall, and then run applications on that gateway which live on the network.

December 28, 2004 by in Developer

The war against open source

The war against open source

The Boston Globe is currently featuring a well-written article about the war against open source. The main visual coming from it is of Black Duck corporate sleuths using tools like SIFT from Service Integrity to flag open source code in corporate networks and get rid of it.

December 27, 2004 by in Open Source

Merry Christmas from Poland

Merry Christmas from Poland

Just when things were looking bleak, Poland's undersecretary of science and information, Wlodzimierz Marcinski stepped in and saved the day. Despite widespread opposition, and a lack of majority support, the EU Council was set to push through the controversial Computer Implemented Inventions Directive at a meeting of the Agricultural und Fishery Council.

December 22, 2004 by in EU

Apple polishing

Apple polishing

Yuri Shukost, a former journalist now doing public relations for the Australian Defence Department (and heavy Mac user) wrote something so provocative in comments on a recent post here that I decided to "promote" it for general discussion. The Linux people make a great show about how their OS can do anything, but as one of them wrote: "It appears if you have the time, you can make it work very well.

December 21, 2004 by in Apple

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